Dr. Frederick D. Gregory is Chief of the Humans in Complex Systems Branch and Lead of the Humans in Complex Systems extramural research competency at DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory. As Branch Chief, he is Army’s senior leader responsible for multidisciplinary program objectives and priorities, program initiation and content, funding, and allocation of organizational resources to execute the Humans in Complex Systems Research portfolio. He leads a team of Senior Program Managers to address foundational research in support of U.S. Army Modernization Strategy and is focused on disruptive science and technology involving multidisciplinary non-medical approaches to understand and modify the potential of humans situated in and interacting within complex social, technological, and socio-technical systems. As Extramural Competency Lead, he continually refines and articulates the Army's strategy for addressing the hardest scientific and technological questions for future Army capabilities. Overall, he establishes the corporate strategy, manages risks and a complex portfolio of basic research opportunities focused on creating and directing scientific discoveries in the extramural scientific research community.
Prior to this role, he was Program Manager for Neurophysiology of Cognition as well as for international Human Dimension at Army Research Office. During the international assignment, Dr. Gregory led two bilateral research collaborations with the British military that supported U.S. and U.K. academic teams focusing in Human-AI collaborative decisionmaking and neurotechnologies. Dr. Gregory has also served in multiple scientific advisory roles for NATO, DoD and Army special task forces and committees to develop new programs, evaluate various proposals, and lay out long-range plans in important and extensive programs.
He received a B.S. in Biology from Morehouse College and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from UCLA. His dissertation research focused on the cellular mechanisms of exocytosis from the vestibular hair cell sensory ribbon synapse. He then completed post-doctoral training, first, as an IRACDA Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in Pharmacology at Emory University and then in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Iowa studying the biophysics of Cav1.3 Ca2+ channels and Ca2+ binding proteins. Prior to Army civilian service, he was Program Manager for a Department of Defense-funded initiative, the John H. Hopps Jr. Defense Research Scholars Program, and an Adjunct faculty member in Biology at Morehouse College. Most recently, he was a fellow of the Defense Ventures Program where he spent two months in an immersive training experience in venture capital with the firm New Enterprise Associates.